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Teach to Work with Patty Alper - 177

Teach to Work with Patty Alper - 177

December 21, 2017


On today's episode, I am talking with Patty Alper the author of Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America.

Our discussion focuses on the concepts within her book - Teach to Work. She shares who the target audience is and then we dig into several chapters of the book. My favorite being Chapter 10 - The Art of Presenting: Turning Students into Teachers.

The book is divided into two main sections: Why Mentor and How to Mentor.

Patty explains why business mentorships are needed and how they can help to address skills gaps. She also describes how the program works.

There is a lot to learn here and ultimately you can use Teach to Work to help you create a mentor/project program in your school to help your students.

 In addition to learning more about Teach to Work you will also hear us discuss the lessons she learned while working with Iowa's youth detention system as well as Patty explains NFTE - the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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Length - 1:03

TURN Report with Ellen Bernstein - 176

TURN Report with Ellen Bernstein - 176

December 14, 2017



In this episode, I am talking with Ellen Bernstein about the national TURN report. TURN stands for Teacher Union Reform Network and its stated purpose is "to promote progressive reforms in education and in teacher unions."

TURN was founded 20 years ago and is composed of leaders from AFT and NEA union locals.

Ellen began her career in public education as a sign language interpreter and taught in Albuquerque, NM schools for 17 years. She is currently the president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.

We talk about teaching, working with kids and the challenges that teachers face. The main focus of our talk is the four tenets of the TURN report:

1. Schools are learner-centered.

2. Teaching is a profession.

3. Equity is honored in pursuing excellence.

4. Collective bargaining promotes school quality.


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Length - 37:30

Darya Yegorina & The CleverBooks AR App - 175

Darya Yegorina & The CleverBooks AR App - 175

December 7, 2017




Today, I'm talking with Darya Yegorina. She has developed an app that makes learning fun through books and AR (augmented reality). Not only is it cool to use it's also free. Yep. That's right free. Its all about promoting equality in education.

Something neat that you couldn't script - she was in Dublin, Ireland and I was in Dublin, Georgia-US. 

You'll hear us talk about: AR - augmented reality, why you will want to know more, how it works, who the primary audience is, and the future of CleverBooks.

By the way, listen for Darya to share with you that the kids who used the app said that they wanted to hear kid's voices. So guess what? There are kids' voices.

Are you ready to discover why you will want to use CleverBooks?

Thanks for listening.


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Length- 38:21

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